Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can't wait for you to meet 32,000 amazing animals and explore the world’s oceans, rivers and reefs — right in the heart of Chicago.
The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait:
Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.
Please note, the penguin exhibit will be closed for cleaning and renovation until mid-December, starting Oct. 11. This will not affect the Penguin Encounter Extraordinary Experience.
Winter (Now - June 15)Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summer (June 15 - Aug. 24)Every day: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Special HoursOct. 28: 4 p.m. early close
*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.
Walk, drive, or take the bus—let’s find the best route for you.
Check our calendar so you don't miss exciting upcoming programs and events.
Give your school or community group an unforgettable experience. Plan your field trip today!
You’ll find ways to save and other offers here.
Make the most of your trip with our tips for a great visit!
Help us keep Shedd safe for our guests and animals — review our policies before you arrive.
Need more information? Send us an email or give us a call at 312-939-2438. We're happy to help!
Host an unforgettable event in an incomparable setting. Learn more about our stunning spaces and catering services.
Adult $96 Child $79
Save 50% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions, plus bypass the main ticket line. Chicago CityPASS includes priority entry to Shedd Aquarium, including all exhibits, a special FX 4-D Experience and the Amphibians special exhibit (starting May 16). Ask us onsite about adding the aquatic show to your visit! Valid 9-days.
Price varies by experience.
Meet a penguin, touch a beluga whale, become a trainer for a day or take a tour behind the scenes of Shedd.
Adult $54.95 Child $45.95
The Express Pass allows you to bypass the ticket line and begin your visit. The pass, sold for same-day admission, includes everything Shedd has to offer, including the aquatic show, Stingray Touch* and a 4-D Experience.
*Stingray Touch is open seasonally May 16 through November.
Adult $39.95 Child $30.95Save $2 per ticket when you buy online* - Adult $37.95 Child $28.95
*Must purchase a minimum of one day in advance for online savings
The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! Select your show times and plan your day in advance. The Total Experience Pass includes access to all of Shedd’s exhibits and experiences, including the aquatic show, Stingray Touch,* Amphibians special exhibit** and a 4-D Experience. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance.
*Stingray Touch is open seasonally May 16 through early November (weather permitting)**Amphibians opens on May 16
Membership packages start at $75 each year.
Support Shedd and enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round.
Pass includes your choice of one of the following: Shedd's aquatic show, Amphibians special exhibit (starting May 16), Stingray Touch (starting May 16) or a 15 minute 4-D movie.
Shedd's aquatic show, Amphibians special exhibit (starting May 16), Stingray Touch (starting May 16) or a 15 minute 4-D movie can be added for $5/person/experience.
Does not include Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit, aquatic show tickets or 4-D Experience tickets. Our special exhibit and the aquatic show cannot be added to this General Admission ticket.
Located in our historic rotunda, this 90,000-gallon habitat has been thrilling guests since 1971. Learn more.
Experience the Amazon’s yearly floods and meet some of the mighty river’s diverse residents. Learn more.
Discover amazing animals from oceans, rivers, lakes and wetlands around the world in Shedd’s original galleries. Learn more.
Find out more about life along the Great Lakes, and touch a sturgeon, a living fossil. Learn more.
Dive deep into the magical coral reefs of the Philippines and get within inches of sharks and rays! Learn more.
Take an unforgettable stroll through the Abbott Oceanarium, where you’ll encounter dolphins, belugas, sea otters, sea lions and more. Learn more.
Play! Splash! Pretend! Join the fun in this exhibit created especially for families with kids 2-7. Learn more.